COLUMBUS, Ohio — The day before the national semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale was asked about her team’s first meeting with Connecticut this season, a loss to the Huskies in Hartford, Conn. The guard narrowed her eyes in concentration before shaking her head.
“That game was a while ago, so I don’t remember a lot of it,” she said flatly. Friday’s game will be different.
Ogunbowale will remember it for a long time. No. 1 seed Notre Dame beat No. 1 seed Connecticut on Friday night, 91-89, thanks to a long jumper from Ogunbowale with one second remaining, becoming the second team in as many years to knock the Huskies out of the Final Four with a buzzer-beater in overtime.
“That definitely wasn’t the play call,” Ogunbowale said. “… My team trusted me to have the ball at the end of the game. It felt good. I didn’t know it was going in, but it felt good. … I think I’ll remember this one just a little bit more. Just a little bit.”
Friday was the Huskies’ seventh consecutive loss in overtime, and it keeps them from competing for a record 12th national championship. This year was their 19th appearance in the Final Four. The game capped a wild night of basketball that began with an overtime win for
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/history-repeats-u-conn-loses-on-ot-buzzer-beater-again-this-time-to-notre-dame-in-national-semifinals/2018/03/31/e9687d82-3494-11e8-94fa-32d48460b955_story.html
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